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Open space prioritised in Hurstville's revitalisation


Draft concept designs for the Hurstville Revitalisation project were approved at the Council meeting on Monday night, with the designs focusing on improvements to public domain and walkability in four key locations identified within the Hurstville CBD.

Mayor Kevin Greene said the Hurstville Revitalisation is an exciting project which supports the strategic direction of the Hurstville ‘Heart of the City’ Place Strategy. The four key locations identified for improvements are the Palm Court carpark, MacMahon Street Courtyard, Memorial Square and Forest Road which will deliver quality green open space and innovative public domain improvements for the community – a key priority for Council.

“Community engagement was undertaken to guide the concept designs, and further community consultation will take place to develop the detailed designs for each of these sites,” said Mayor Greene.

“Palm Court Car Park and the MacMahon Street Courtyard are the first two sites up for detailed design. The conversion of the Palm Court public car park into public open space for the community includes seating, tree plantings and play elements for children.

“We recognise that providing welcoming open spaces for informal recreation, close to where people live, is essential for a range of reasons including general health, both physical and mental, as well as improving social outcomes.

“The MacMahon Street Courtyard designs will improve the existing space to provide an uplifted area for the community to meet and relax, with improved accessibility to the site, shade and seating. The design also changes the space into a potential activation site.

“Designs for Hurstville Memorial Square will support a future upgrade of the existing Square, with additional seating, plantings and shade structures, converting it into a much more inviting space to relax and reflect within the city centre. 

“Forest Road will become a connected green spine of the city with widened footpaths, seating, tree plantings and improved pedestrian access. Widening of the footpath will create potential for increased outdoor dining opportunities, further activating the centre.

Following community consultation, the detailed designs for Palm Court Car Park and MacMahon square courtyard will be developed.  The development of detailed designs for Forest Road and Memorial Square are scheduled to commence in early 2021.
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